Mothers and their babies are often said to share a deep, intimate connection...but even so, this new discovery is weird. Simply by looking and smiling at each other, moms and babies synchronize their heartbeats to within milliseconds of each other.
Books and educational toys can make a child smarter, but they also influence how the brain grows, according to new research presented here on Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
Girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are significantly more likely to attempt suicide or injure themselves as young adults than girls who do not have ADHD, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
Have you ever recommended an app to a friend? How about an iBook? Last month, while on a field trip for my child’s class, I was talking to another parent about the many great possibilites for iBooks Author. In the process, she wanted to download something I recommended right then, onto her iPhone. However, we both soon discovered, while looking at her device, that she didn’t have iBooks installed. And she couldn’t install it until she got on a wifi network, since the app is over 30MB.
Before this, I knew that iBooks was an app I had to download onto my iPad, but I hadn’t really thought about how this simple fact might be creating a significant barrier to consumer adoption of iBooks. Why would Apple do this? I assume a decision this big wasn’t by chance. Consider the apps that do come pre-installed on every new iPad ...
It seems counter-intuitive, but a new study says being a parent reduces your risk of catching a cold. The risk of becoming ill after exposure to cold viruses is reduced by about half in parents compared to nonparents, regardless of pre-existing immunity, according to research led by Rodlescia S. Sneed, MPH, and Sheldon Cohen, PhD of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. The study suggests that other, yet unknown factors related to being a parent may affect susceptibility to illness.
Parents and teachers expend a lot of energy getting kids to pay attention, concentrate, and focus on the task in front of them. What adults don’t do, according to University of Southern California education professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, is teach children the value of the more diffuse mental activity that characterizes our inner lives: daydreaming, remembering, reflecting.
This guest post is brought to you in collaboration with Lorraine Akemann of Moms With Apps. This is Part 1 of a 2 part post … the 2nd part will appear in the MomsWithApps.comblog in December of 2012.
From Lorraine, “Carisa and I have both been blogging about family-friendly apps since 2009. We realized through our friendship and conversations, that contrary to what the public might think, media habits in our own homes are actually quite conservative. By immersing ourselves in tech culture, we are gaining enough ‘digital literacy’ to make media plans for our own kids. We hope that by sharing our own stories, we can learn more about your stories, and create a collective view about healthy media habits for families.”
Through our discussions, we found ourselves contemplating similar questions, like, “How much screentime is too much?” This turned out to be a key issue on both our minds, as we navigate family life. There is a balance between exposing children to technology, and keeping technology at bay … so trade-offs aren’t made with other aspects of a child’s development.
Below, you’ll find some of the techniques that we’ve identified, with data from our survey. We did this ‘quick study’ with 100 parents recruited from high-tech households in our social media fan base for Digital-Storytime & MomsWithApps.
The purpose of the survey was to take a the ‘temperature’ of other families trying to balance media use for their kids, to see how our list stacked up against techniques being used by other families. Note: We focused primarily on ‘leisure time’ or ‘free time’ use of visual media or ‘screen time’ by kids, excluding all curricular & extra-curricular use of media devices for learning in a school/homework or homeschool environment (as well as use of screens for communication or other ‘acts of daily living’ for children with learning disabilities).
We also gathered a lot of qualitative comments that we’ll present in the the 2nd post, regarding advice from parents about how to manage screen time & ideas for the larger community.
In a brief released Tueday, National Education Policy Center managing director Dr. William Mathis urges policymakers to invest in high-quality preschool education, citing its universally acknowledged economic and social benefits.
On November 1st, Pew Internet released a report called “How Teens Do Research in a Digital World”. I spent time reading the fifth section of the report, which relayed teacher comments about literacy, reading, focus, overexposure, and adaptation. Parents who are curious about how digital technologies are impacting the classroom will find a variety of perspectives to consider. The report can be downloaded via PDF, or viewed online.
Here are two points of view written in the report, along with a graphic about what skills teachers consider most valuable for students to have in the future ...
Chaos in the workplace causes stress and loss of productivity. Here are ten ways to get rid of it once and for all.
In the movie Changing Lanes, William Hurt delivers a memorable line. He tells Samuel Jackson: "You're addicted to chaos." Chaos is the antonym of organization, orderliness and calm.
Chaos erodes our peace of mind and causes unnecessary turmoil, delays and loss of productivity.
The literature on time management is abundant. We all crave to save time in our increasingly hectic schedules so that we can accomplish our goals. One way to salvage precious time is to focus on eliminating preventable chaos from our lives.
Dr. Seuss was right. Reading opens up our minds to new experiences and knowledge. For children, it can be a magical time. Today’s story telling has taken on a new dimension with the introduction of books on digital devices. Kids can now interact with stories, touching the screen and exploring the different features a particular book app has to offer.
If you have a reluctant reader, encouraging them to read can be a bit of a challenge. So can finding the right level of interactivity in children’s book apps so that it doesn’t distract from the reading experience. Parents, myself included, want to have their child immersed in the story for the right reasons.
There are added benefits to reading on a digital device. Interactivity, when used the right way, can be helpful for a number of kids, from beginning and reluctant readers to English language learners. For instance, if a child is stuck on a word, they can tap the screen and have the word repeated until they are able to pronounce it.
So how do we encourage kids to read in the digital age? Creating good literacy habits starts young and to ensure that children have a wonderful reading experience, here are 10 helpful tips on keeping reading fun and educational in the digital medium ...
Technology is transforming learning for people of all ages. Educational software is merging with gaming to help engage children. In many places textbooks have already moved into the digital realm, and teachers are “flipping the classroom” – using the internet to provide pre-classroom lectures and the classroom to embed that knowledge. New educational augmented reality applications are on the market. Inside and outside of schools educational technology is blossoming as new partnerships are being formed to help move numerous new initiatives forward ...
Sometimes parents need to remind themselves: they are the most important role model for their kids. This is a few months old, but an important reminder: The results of a national online study show that 45 percent consider their parents to be their sexuality role model.